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Eurotux implements message broadcasting system for the IPMA’s tsunami warning service

The system sends messages automatically when the IPMA is informed of the risk of a tsunami occurring.
Published on 2015-04-28

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) is responsible for the Portugal’s national tsunami warning system. It is responsible for broadcasting any received warnings to the proper authorities, so that they can warm the population at risk.

The warnings emitted by the IPMA are delivered by the system Eurotux developed, that automatically sends messages to all subscribers via fax, SMS and email. Additionally, the system warns other interested/involved parties, namely public safety services.

Although a rare occurrence in Portugal, tsunamis are one of the most serious types of natural disasters. Portugal leads an research project on tsunamis, financed by the European Union, and involving institutions from 16 countries. The project will study the occurrence of this phenomenon in the Northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, developing information technology tools to evaluate risk and improve the identification of these events at their source and the detection and warning capabilities in the region.

 

About IPMA


The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, I. P. (IPMA, I.P.) is a public institute, part of the Portuguese state’s indirect administration, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets. It is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea, under the superintendence and oversight of the respective minister. It takes on responsibilities concerning national territory with regards to the sea and atmosphere, concentrating its investigative efforts on projects with direct operational application, seeking progressive improvement to the information it provides to its users, whether intended for both commercial endeavors or as a public service, with a particular concern in the latter case, with the safety of people and property.